my favourite books for single women

Despite the fact that I have a university degree in English Language and Literature, I’d much prefer to read a good “chick lit” book over Austen or Dickens. I’d be arrested for admitting that in any university classroom, but there you have it.

At the start of the whole “chick lit” revolution a few years ago, there were some great books. Now I find that there’s just this huge section of pink books in every book store with the same cover – the back of someone’s legs wearing high heels, or a caricature of martinis and wedding rings. And all the plots sound the same! But, here are a few that I have really enjoyed, and hope some of you might too.

He’s Just Not That Into You

I bought this book incognito – with shades and a hat on. Because it was featured on Oprah for women who were in relationships that they shouldn’t be in, and I didn’t want to be seen as one of those people who believes everything that’s on Oprah. But this book was fantastic – witty, candid and honestly, incredibly truthful. I defiinitely believe that any girl who has been in a relationship that didn’t work out can relate to this book. It features all of the excuses we make for our boyfriends, and why they’re not as great as we think they should be. I will actually put it out there that I think EVERY WOMAN should read this book.

How To Be Single

I just read this book this summer, and it’s by the co-author of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Again, another book I bought icognito (like I wanted to be seen buying a book with this title! LOL). But this is not a self-help book, it is a fiction novel. And it’s fantastic! It’s all about a woman doing research for her book, and she travels all over the world talking to other single women about what being single is like in their country. It was so interesting to hear about how women have such different perspectives about this topic – it seems other countries are much more progressive when it comes to being OK, with being single. We North Americans THINK that we are, but let’s just say this book made me want to pick up and move to Europe. A great read.

Something Borrowed and it’s sequel Something Blue

Chick lit at it’s best. A great page turner, light, and roots for the single girl underdog. Don’t let the baby pink cover with the engagement ring turn you off! These two books are perfect for the beach or a vacation get away. Although the first one deals with the topic of cheating, somehow, it seems OK for this protagonist. You’ll know what I mean when you read it.

Love The One You’re With

Also by the author of Something Borrowed, and Something Blue, this is a great book for those of you who have had two loves of your life. You understand the protagonist’s pull towards her past relationship; the guy with all the chemistry, attraction, and great memories – even though he was far from an exemplary boyfriend. Versus the wonderful but comfortable man she’s with now. This is a great book for those who have continued to go back to someone you know is no good for you. And haven’t we all been there?

The Year of Yes

This book is exactly as it sounds. It’s about a woman who decides that for one year, she’s going to say “Yes” to, not only every guy that asks her out, but to every dating opportunity. Even if it’s a cab driver that gives her a compliment. Talk about being exhausted from dating. But, it’s inspirational and funny.

The Pact

This isn’t exactly “chick lit” but it’s an amazing page turner and love story about two teenagers who make a romantic but disturbing pact. This was my favourite book for a LONG TIME until The Nanny Diaries blew me away and became my new favourite (NOTE: The Nanny Diaries movie sucked big time compared to the book – don’t let the movie turn you off if you’ haven’t read this one.) The Pact is moving, suspenseful and heart-wrenching. Definitely recommend it.

Well, I think that’s enough to keep some of you busy for now! Note that I’ve read a lot of chick lit books, but these are just some of the ones I’d really recommend and/or enjoyed the most. I’m no literary expert! If any of you have read, or end up reading one of these, let me know what you think.

P.S. Has anyone read Eat, Pray, Love? This one was also featured on Oprah and I heard SOO many people rave about it. But, I found it rather boring!? Anyone else? I feel like an anomaly here…


6 Responses to “my favourite books for single women”

  1. 1 Tash
    September 29, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Lovely write up on the books. You’ve definitely made me want to get out and get myself a copy of ‘How to be single’

    Well, I’ve read ‘Eat Pray Love’ and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was just one of those books that made me happy, and would gladly go back for second and third readings. Though, I felt the author was selfish to be honest, but I admired her attitude anyways.

    The book honestly made me put down ‘Naples’ for a visit one day, just for the pizza!

  2. 2 Single Girl
    September 29, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I really enjoyed the first part about Rome – her writing was so beautiful and descriptive. But she lost me in India. I wouldn’t consider myself much of a spiritual person so I think I found it hard to relate…

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